Girls swimming: Crown Point’s Bryon Angerman named P-T Coach of the Year
By Josh Lichtenfeld Post-Tribune correspondent March 22, 2013 9:56PM
Post-Tribune Girls Swimming Coach of the Year Bryon Angerman is photographed at Crown Point (Ind.) High School, Wednesday March 6, 2013. Angerman has coached at Crown Point for eight years. | Stephanie Dowell~Sun-Times Media
Updated: April 24, 2013 6:16AM
In a sport that includes frequent point system changes between individual matches, invites, and the IHSAA tournament, most of the 2012-13 season for the Crown Point girls swimming team was a calm before the storm.
The Bulldogs had the most front-end talent of the programs in an area filled with swimming talent, but a slight lack of depth proved costly in some of the biggest events on the schedule.
For instance, the Dogs took nine out of 12 firsts at both the Highland Invite and the Duneland Conference meet, but in each setting they finished third to fellow region teams like Chesterton, Munster and Lake Central. And in situations like these Crown Point coach Bryon Angerman employed some unusual tactics.
“It was a whole new strategy for me to tell the girls ‘you’re not going to win this meet, but you’re going to win your battle, of sorts,’ ” said the coach, who’s spent 21 years coaching stints at Merrillville and Crown Point.
Before the winter began Angerman and the girls made references to how strong they’ll be in 2014.
With a talented lineup that includes sophomore Aly Tetzloff — undefeated in each of her local events this season — and juniors Holly Schuster and Racheal Bukowski and a strong feeder system from the Crown Point swim club, the depth keeps strengthening. But for the mission at hand, including the graduation loss of standout Hannah Raspopovich, Angerman knew of the potential to score with Crown Point’s talent base. It was all a matter of picking and choosing those battles.
The Bulldogs fought to maintain their individual winning prowess heading into the final showdown in Indianapolis against the state’s best.
And right before the postseason began Angerman rolled the dice, shifting the trio of Tetzloff, Schuster and Bukowski into three relays, which set up for more scoring.
“It’s kind of like Major League Baseball,” Angerman said after his girls took the area’s second-best finish at state, clinching sixth with 120 points. And for his efforts, including leading the small group of five advancers to the team’s best finish in years, Angerman is the 2013 Post-Tribune Girls Swimming coach of the year. “If you lose the last game (of the World Series), you’re obviously not world champs.”
So, while the Bulldogs finished with a 10-2-1 dual meet record, tying Lake Central and losing to Munster and Chesterton, they finished higher than both the Indians and Seahorses and positioned one spot lower than the Trojans at state.
To go along with Tetzloff’s decisive third-place finish in the 100 fly, Crown Point also finished in the top eight in each of the relays, taking the runner-up finish in the 400 free relay, going fifth in the 200 free relay, and taking sixth in the 200 medley relay.
“It’s almost like we set our goals for next year … but we did it this year. I want these girls to realize that and ride that wave to the next level,” said the former high school swimmer at Lake Central, who competed on the 1987 state championship team. “It’s almost like you told the kids what they could do and they went out and did it.”
And, given this campaign, 2014 could be that bigger season the Dogs forecast.
“The sky’s the limit with these girls with where they want to go,” Angerman said.